Health Benefits of Wine

Most people at some point have heard the phrase “red wine is full of antioxidants.” But what does that really mean? Studies have shown that drinking wine in moderation is actually good for you! Here are a couple of the health benefits from drinking wine:  


Some benefits include: reduce heart-attack risk

                Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers.Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols may help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart. Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.


Worried about type 2 diabetes? Wine can help!

                Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Risk-lowering factors also included optimal weight, regular exercise of more than 30 minutes per day, not smoking and a healthy diet. Paired with wine, the reduction is thought to be due to phytochemicals, which occur naturally in grapes and wine and include tannins, anthocyanins and resveratrol.  Doctors discovered this with research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam’s VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.


Wine can also cut the risk of cataracts!

Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. Study results showed that nondrinkers and heavy drinkers of any sort of alcohol had a substantially increased risk for cataract development, while moderate red wine drinkers had only half the risk. For red wine drinkers, moderate drinking was loosely defined as being anywhere from two glasses per month to two or three glasses per day. Nondrinkers consumed either less than a drink per month or not at all. Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.


Wine has plenty of benefits, combine it with a healthy lifestyle and you’ll be golden! 


Turn your bottles into cups!

Have empty wine bottles laying around? Get crafty this weekend and turn them into cups!

Here is what you’ll need:
-Empty wine bottle
-Lighter Fluid and Lighter
-Sand Paper
-Bucket of ice water
Step One: Put on gloves, you don’t want lighter fluid on your hands!
Step Two: Set a bucket of cold water on a concrete or other fire resistant surface.

Step Three: Rinse out the bottle thoroughly. Wrap the thread around the bottle at the point where you want the bottle to break. (The thinnest area of the bottle is best. If the glass is too thick, this trick may not work.) Wrap the thread around the bottle as many times as possible.
Step Four: Squirt the lighter fluid on the thread, soaking it. Squeeze the thread a bit so it soaks up as much lighter fluid as possible. Wash the gloves with soap and water.

Step Five: Hold the bottom of the bottle with one hand, and light the thread with the other. Turn the bottle on its side a bit and rotate it. If any fluid on your gloves catches fire, dip your hands in cold water immediately.

Step Six: Let the thread burn until it goes out, then immediately drop the bottle into the cold water. If it doesn’t break on its own, quickly grab the bottle and apply pressure to the heated area to break the bottle. Once bottle cools, use sand paper to smooth out the edges.

And voila! You now have wine glass cups! Now sit back and enjoy some wine out of your new cups.

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Wine & Food; a guide to an easy pairing

A glass of wine is always perfect with dinner, but with so many choices for food and wine it can get a little tricky to find the perfect pairing. is here to help! Here are a few general pairing rules and some amazing wine selections:


1. Having something salty for dinner? Try a sparkling wine!

– Try the Ayala Champagne Brut Majeur (currently on sale for $41.65!)

-Pairs great with Crispy Udon Noodles with Nori Salt


2. Fish is always better with a Pinot Grigio

-Try Maso Poli Pinot Grigio (on sale for $13.49)

-Goes very well with any light fish meals


3. Don’t want to overshadow the amazing taste of barbecue sauce? Try a Malbec!

-Try Antigal Malbec Uno (on sale for $12.69)

-Pairs wonderfully with Asian style barbecue sauce and chicken drumsticks


4. Having steak tonight? Why not serve it with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon?

-Try Apothic Red (on sale for $8.33)

-Perfect with any red meat



5. Love spicy food? Pair it with a Syrah/Shiraz!

-Try Jaqk Cellars Shiraz Soldiers Fortune

-Delicious with Asian spiced pork


You can find all these wines and much, much more on!

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